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194 Elena Court | Jupiter Country Club

By Jeff Lichtenstein

Water, water, water…location, location, location. Rarely does a piece of property get straight A’s for both. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, all the rear exterior views are of two outstanding lakes to the south, the best possible exposure. Sun over the pool and light fill the house all day. To the west is Jupiter Reserve, an area dedicated forever by the State of Florida to nature, preserving Florida’s natural habitat and home to native species of sand based plants and pine trees.

As you approach the very end of Elena Court in Jupiter Country Club, 194 is tucked away for ultimate privacy. There are two driveways, including a circular one for spill-over party or workmen. Entering the double front doors, you hearken back to Palm Beach in the roaring 20s. In most minds, Palm Beach’s architecture is inextricably connected to Addison Mizner, who began designing there around the end of the First World War. By mixing sources from Moorish Spain, Renaissance Italy, and 18th Century France, he created a style that was all his own.

For this house, both the architect and clients looked not so much to Mizner’s exuberant houses as to the more restrained work of Maurice Fatio, the Swiss-born American architect who designed numerous local houses in the 1920s and 1930s for such clients as Harold S. Vanderbilt and Joseph E. Widener.

The owners wanted it to be elegant but not opulent, with rooms that have both warmth and grand proportions. As is typical of Palm Beach houses, there are cast stone columns, balustrades & urns. They wanted to make sure they respected both authenticity and good design. In the beginning they instructed Toll Bros to expand the master bedroom by two feet, creating an extra-generously sized room.

The entry foyer offers stunning views of the two-story living room with its expansive, curved bay window that looks out onto the lakes of Elena Court. The living area floors throughout are all Saturnia stone, with a custom-designed wet bar and double coffered ceiling. The dining room is likewise two stories and complements the Mizner architecture. The owners outfitted the entire house with expensive, custom plantation shutters.

The well-appointed gourmet kitchen boasts a center island, a built-in pantry cabinet, and a raised snack bar that overlooks a stunning circular breakfast area and a spacious family room with direct access to the covered lanai and cabana bath.

The expansive master bedroom suite has its own private wing and features numerous amenities, including double door entry, two large walk-in closets that will challenge the woman of the house to fill, an exercise room, His & Hers master baths with separate shower, and a Roman tub.

On the 2nd floor, a Fatio bridge connects the two wings, overlooks the living room and entry, and has spectacular views of the two lakes. In the west wing is a second master bedroom, private balcony, with the most beautiful views of all the acreage, preserve, lakes and golf course. There are two other bedrooms on this floor, each with its own bathroom, as well an open loft.

Other highlights of this home are its 1st floor guest suite, full bath, a private study, powder room, separate laundry facility, and a 3-car plus golf cart courtyard garage.

194 Elena Court - Rear aerial view

Posted in country club community, golf community on May 31, 2011 at 6:40 am.


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